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siliceous

or si·li·cious

[suh-lish-uh s]
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adjective
  1. containing, consisting of, or resembling silica.
  2. growing in soil rich in silica.
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Origin of siliceous

First recorded in 1650–60, siliceous is from the Latin word siliceus of flint or limestone. See silex, -eous
Related formsnon·si·li·ceous, adjectivenon·si·li·cious, adjective
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siliceous

silicious

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or containing abundant silicasiliceous deposits; a siliceous clay
  2. (of plants) growing in or needing soil rich in silica
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siliceous

[sĭ-lĭshəs]
  1. Resembling or containing silica.
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